(Jul 2019) The forbes sea star is the most common species of sea star found in Barnstable. They feed on bivalve mollusks by prying open the shells with their tubed feet. Check out how those tubed feet move!
(Apr 2019) The river herring are back! All animals, including these herring, need clean water to survive.
(Feb 2019) Our wildlife camera captured this video of a coyote rummaging through the leaves! This is one of several coyotes who frequent this area.
Did you know there are freshwater jellyfish on Cape Cod!? These freshwater jellyfish, Craspedacusta sowerbii, were found at Neck Pond in Barnstable. They're an invasive species, originating from the Yangtze basin in China.
Flashback Friday to finding this huge leech while performing an invertebrate stable isotope collection earlier this fall in the Marstons Mills River. Four times a year members of the EPA along with BCWC staff go out and collect macro invertebrates and aquatic plants to identify sources of nitrogen throughout the river.
Asian Shore Crabs are an invasive species commonly found along rocky shores, under rocks and debris, overtaking potential habitat for native species. These pesky invaders were found huddled under a rock on Dead Neck Sampson's Island earlier this summer.
Another day, another Atlantic sea nettle spotted in the waters of Barnstable. These jellies have tentacles covered with venom-coated stinging filaments specifically used to kill or stun small prey. Watch out for these jellies when swimming!
These circles seen on the bottom of Mill Pond are nests made by pumpkin seed sunfish. The female sunfish lay their eggs in the cleared space and are guarded by the males until they hatch!
(May 2018) Elvers (juvenile american eels) were seen swimming in unison with herring yesterday in Barnstable. While herring are anadromous (spawn in fresh water, live in salt water), american eels are catadromous (live in fresh water, spawn in salt water).
(Apr 2018) The river herring are back in full force in the Marstons Mills River!
(Mar 2018) Just a few nights ago, this river otter was playing along the Marstons Mills River. Tonight, however, it will be tucked away in its den awaiting the snowstorm.
(Jan 2018) A curious great blue heron was caught eyeing our wildlife camera along the Marstons Mills River.
(Nov 2017) River otters in Barnstable? Who knew!
While water sampling along the Marstons Mills River, we noticed animal tracks along the bank. After installing a motion sensor camera, we were able to capture this footage.